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Trump won't stop tearing up official papers so the White House archives employ a staff to tape them back together for the National Archives

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Trump is notorious for his "filing system": when he is finished with a piece of paper, he tears it into tiny pieces and throws it away, which is fine if you're a CEO (maybe), but is radioactively illegal under the Presidential Records Act, because the President works for the public, and is required by law to archive their official papers and save them for public scrutiny. (more…)

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cinebot
35 days ago
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i can't tell what is real anymore
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theprawn
34 days ago
You can't make this shit up. You also can't ignore it. Or live with it. FUCK.
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Sound illusion: Do you hear Yanny or Laurel?

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Take a listen to this short audio clip of a computerized voice speaking a single word repeated twice:

Do you hear it saying “Laurel” or “Yanny”? Opinions are mixed: some people report hearing “Laurel” and others “Yanny”. Both Vox and the NY Times took stabs at possible explanations.

Of course, in the grand tradition of internet reportage, we turned to a scientist to make this article legitimately newsworthy.

Dr. Jody Kreiman, a principal investigator at the voice perception laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, helpfully guessed on Tuesday afternoon that “the acoustic patterns for the utterance are midway between those for the two words.”

“The energy concentrations for Ya are similar to those for La,” she said. “N is similar to r; I is close to l.”

At first I thought the whole thing was a joke, like a circa-2018 rickroll. When I listened to the clip on my iPhone speakers and iMac speakers, I clearly heard “Yanny”. But then I plugged my headphones into my iMac and clearly heard “Laurel”. Weird! Even weirder: after unplugging my headphones and playing the clip again through my iMac speakers, I now heard “Laurel”. WTF? But then if I played it once more through the speakers, it turns back to “Yanni”. I’ve done this about 10 times and it happens this way every time: “Yanni” on speakers, “Laurel” on headphones, “Laurel” on speakers, “Yanni” on speakers. It’s like my brain remembers the “Laurel” it heard in the headphones, but only long enough to hear it exactly once through the speakers. FASCINATING.

See also the McGurk effect.

Update: Here’s a thread from psycholinguist Suzy Styles that explains what’s going on with this illusion.

In short, this #earllusion contains acoustic info from both names. ‘Yanny’ is clearer in the higher frequencies because of the clear signal for “y” sounds in F2. ‘Laurel’ is clearer in the low frequencies for F1. Play with your stereo settings and watch your brain switch tracks!

(via @wisekaren)

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cinebot
61 days ago
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it's YANNY (but i haven't tried it with headphones yet)
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Kenny Baker

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Kenny Baker | Rare celebrity photosKenny Baker falling over while testing an early version of the R2-D2 costume.

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63 days ago
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#onrepeat
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What It Means When Childish Gambino Says ‘This Is America’

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Until last Saturday night, the last we had heard out of Childish Gambino was another man’s funk. For all its considerable energy and for all of the critical acclaim it received, the artist’s previous release, “Awaken, My Love! was a throwback album content to bask in the auras of established ... More »
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"If black culture affirms itself, accurately, as a testament to its makers’ capacity for grace, invention, and vigor in the face of an inhuman social reality, Glover’s own affirmation contains a shadowy admission that such makers cultivate their own agony in the act of representation."
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Creating the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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Creating the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man | Rare celebrity photosWilliam Bryan, Eric Fiedler, Terri Hardin, Diana Hamann, Etsuko Egawa, Marc Tyler and Bart Daniels creating Stay Puft Marshmallow Man suits for Ghostbusters.
Photo by Diana Hamann.

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79 days ago
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heh
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tokumon: Yatai Banki, a food cart monster from ep. 39 of...

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tokumon:

Yatai Banki, a food cart monster from ep. 39 of Go-onger

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112 days ago
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IT ME
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